Touring is an excellent way for escorts to maximise their income. A few days of back-to-back bookings in multiple cities can equal a nice fat paycheck. But working away from home, in an unknown incall, can be difficult.
How on earth are you supposed to fit everything you need in ONE suitcase of checked luggage?
Not to mention that annoying client who waits until the day after you’ve arrived to request a particular outfit, despite having booked months in advance.
Look, you’re never going to get it 100% right, and it’s impossible to prepare for every possible scenario. But here’s my packing list, curated from years of experience. Hopefully, you can avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered at the beginning.
All items are linked at the end of the post.
Outfits you can wear on the plane, during the day to grab coffee or to pop down to the lobby to find a client who has somehow gotten lost despite your crystal-clear instructions. Exact outfits will depend on the weather, but I tend to go for something simple and comfy (e.g., Nobody jeans and a Silk Laundry cami).
I like to pack leggings, a comfy top and a sports bra. I usually don’t make it to the gym, but it’s nice to do a YouTube yoga class or stretch while I’m watching Netflix.
Something that is appropriate for incalls, outcalls and dinner dates. You could do dress pants and a cami, or a skirt and top, but I prefer a dress because it’s only ONE item, and that means less things to forget or lose. My black James Perse midi dress is my go to.
One black, one white. I don’t take outfit requests on tour. I let clients know that I only have limited room to pack, but I’ll wear something else lovely for them. I’ve never had an issue, and it eliminates the whole problem of making sure you remember everything and trying to fit it all in your bag.
For in-between bookings.
The normal kind, for sleeping and when you’re not with clients.
Because there’s nothing like a dip in the hotel pool to cleanse you of your sins after a long day.
One pair only, and something that I can wear to an outcall if need be. For me, that usually means a lower heel or a block heel.
These are for day wear and on the plane. However, I like to pack something that I don’t mind clients seeing. If I do have to go down to the lobby to collect a lost client, I prefer to dress discreetly (i.e., not in a short dress and platform heels).
Ideally, I’ll select an incall location that has towels that I can easily ‘borrow’ (hello, hotel pool!) or a washing machine. In case things go awry, I like to pack a couple of extra towels. If you absolutely can’t fit towels in your bag, and you get stuck at an incall with no extra towels, you can generally find $10 towels at Kmart or Coles if you are in Australia.
There are generally enough sheets on hotel beds to work with (e.g., three flat sheets that can be flipped), and you can always ask reception for a change of sheets by saying you spilt a drink on the bed.
Decant some laundry detergent into a travel size shampoo bottle. You can use this to wash your clothes in the sink if there’s no washing machine, or to wash towels if there is a washing machine.
I prefer to decant everything into travel-sized bottles to save space.
Any medications I am taking, along with painkillers and bandaids. Let’s be honest; I’m probably going to eat crappy food and forget to drink water and end up with a horrible dehydration headache at some point.
Sponges, thrush medication and Sudocream. Because you never know what will happen – and if I’m going to get thrush, you bet I’ll get it in the middle of a busy tour. Sudocream helps to soothe everything if I’m feeling tender down there.
Just a reminder, both thrush cream an Sudocream can contain oils. Oils can reduce the efficacy of condoms by creating microtears in the condom material – this can happen even if you can’t SEE a tear and aren’t aware of an issue with the condom. Try not to use these creams close to a booking.
Mouthwash and plastic shot glasses, body wash, and deodorant. Tiny hotel toiletries don’t last more than one or two bookings. If I’m low on space, I’ll pop out and buy these once I arrive.
Condoms, lube, massage oil, baby wipes, nappy bags, and a bullet vibrator toy. I prefer non-latex condoms where possible (Skyns) and Swiss Navy water-based lube is my favourite (it has a lockable pump, so it doesn’t leak during travel). I always pack some L’Occotaine massage oil (again, be aware that oil degrades condoms), along with baby wipes and nappy bags for clean-up. When disposing of condoms in a hotel, I will put them in a nappy bag, and then wrap the nappy bag in toilet paper before putting it in the bin. Just in case there are any nosey staff. My favourite vibrator for bookings is my trusty Tango WeVibe.
I know, it’s a new world and we aren’t about plastic bags anymore. But hear me out. If you don’t want to go for an ACTUAL plastic bag, get two reusable shopping bags that have that shiny material, so they are slightly waterproof. One for dirty laundry (so when you get home you can empty it into the washing machine – super easy) and one if you end up with some wet towels that you don’t have time to dry before you head home.
Goes without saying. I like to download my favourite shows on Netflix before I leave home in case I’m stuck somewhere without wifi (seriously, why are there still hotels without free wifi?)
Have you ever been in a hotel room where the plug is 8m away from the bed, and the only way to use your phone is if you are on the very corner of the bed, craning your neck until you’re pretty sure you strained a muscle? Yeah. This prevents that.
To prevent hotel staff from entering in the middle of a booking. For some reason, they seem to have a special skill of ignoring the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. You can use a normal wedge, or there are special devices you can buy online that lock doors from the inside.
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Disclaimer: I cannot, and do not, speak for all sex workers. I speak from my experience of working in a legal brothel and as an independent escort in Australia. Where possible I try to be inclusive. However, I can’t relay every experience of sex work – especially if I haven’t experienced it myself.
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